[C]arlisle College and NCG have today announced that they have successfully merged. Carlisle College is now part of one of the largest education and training groups in the UK.
NCG, which has a nationwide network of colleges and training organisations, will support the continued development of provision in Carlisle and the surrounding area. This will ensure the greatest security for staff and students and ongoing investment in Carlisle College.
Its joint public consultation received widespread support for a merger from staff, students and key partners and stakeholders. NCG share Carlisle College’s focus on providing what employers and students in Carlisle need to develop skills for their local economy.
Chief Executive of NCG, Joe Docherty, added: “We are delighted to welcome Carlisle College to the NCG family of colleges and training providers. Carlisle is a successful college which will continue to serve the needs of its local community. It is our clear goal to help grow and develop the current offer for the benefit of learners and employers in Carlisle and we are pleased to be able to back that with the expertise and capacity of a major national group.”
Carlisle College Acting Principal, Steve Salkeld said: “This is a hugely exciting time for the College that will bring new opportunities and the ability to respond to new skills needs in the area, with NCG’s full backing for growth and development.
“Carlisle College will retain its identity and name and all provision from our city centre campus. NCG fully shares our commitment to putting learners and the community first, and offers us a very strong and positive future bringing continued investment to help us meet the needs of learners, employers and the community.”
Carlisle College has a long-established tradition of collaborative and partnership working with the other Cumbrian Colleges and the University of Cumbria. The merger with NCG fully supports this approach and Carlisle College will continue to work with local partners on the achievement of the priorities set out in the Cumbria LEP’s Skills Investment Plan.
Carlisle College are hosting their next Open Evening today, Thursday 6 April where potential students are able to drop in between 4pm and 7pm to meet with tutors and see the facilities on offer. Information will be available on the wide range of courses and Apprenticeships that start in September.
NCG is one of the UK’s largest providers of education, training and employability. The Group is made up of– Newcastle College, Kidderminster College, West Lancashire College and Newcastle Sixth Form College – and training providers, Intraining and Rathbone Training.